Highly-rated West Indian batsman Nicholas Pooran had a disastrous Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) campaign until the tournament’s suspension as he scored just 28 runs in six innings while registering 4 ducks. He was subsequently dropped from his side with Dawid Malan taking his place, but the tournament had to be suspended later on due to the COVID-19 pandemic breaching the bio-bubbles of the teams.
Pooran’s side, Punjab Kings (PBKS) did not have a particularly good season when the IPL was halted. They had won just 3 matches out of their first 8 and found themselves in the 6th spot. With the top four seeming extremely strong, it looked like only a spectacular effort would help the side to the playoffs. The same would apply if and when the tournament resumes sometime in the future as well.
Nicholas Pooran to use his poor stats as motivation
Nicholas Pooran took to Twitter today to post a graphic created by ESPNcricinfo mentioning the West Indian’s scores in IPL 2021. With a total of four ducks and a 9 and a 19, the picture showed Pooran getting bowled in a match. Posting the same picture on his own Twitter handle, Pooran stated that he would use it as motivation to come back ‘stronger than ever’.
He wrote, “The suspension of the tournament and the reasons behind it are heart breaking, but necessary. See you soon IPL! In the meantime I’ll be using this picture as my motivation to come back stronger than ever. Keep safe everyone.”
It is noteworthy that Nicholas Pooran promised that he would donate a part of his IPL 2021 salary for COVID-19 relief in India, as did his franchise Punjab Kings.